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Henri's impact felt in Greene County

Aug 25, 2021 5:45 am

Melanie Lekocevic and Bill Williams are reporting for Columbia-Greene Media seven people were rescued Aug. 23, after two vehicles became trapped in rising floodwaters in two separate incidents in Greene County, Kiskatom Fire Chief Pete Kusminsky said. Heavy rainfall soaked the county from Sunday to Monday with the remnants of Tropical Storm Henri. The first incident occurred at about 3:13 p.m. on Paul Saxe Road, just north of Mountain Turnpike. An adult and three children, ages 12, 10 and 2, became stranded in about three feet of water, Kusminsky said. Firefighters were able to drive a truck through the flooded road, get the victims out of the car and then drive them to safety. No one was hurt. Three people were rescued by firefighters in a second incident, which occurred at about 11:20 p.m. Two adults and a two-year-old child were trapped by floodwaters that covered Mountain Turnpike, just east of Paul Saxe Road. Kiskatom firefighters were able to walk through the water to the vehicle and bring the occupants to safety. No one was hurt, Kusminsky said. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office helped with both rescues. And a state trooper was uninjured when his marked patrol car crashed as he was responding to a call in the area of the flooding in Kiskatom, Monday afternoon. The trooper was driving south on Route 32, just south of Game Farm Road, when he hit a flooded area and went off Route 32, striking a tree. Greene County experienced several inches of rain from Sunday through Monday, with some of the heaviest rainfall in western portions of the county — Tannersville received nearly seven and a half inches of rain between Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Albany. County Legislature Chair Patrick Linger said, “After everything was said and done, I would say from Haines Falls to Palenville and out to South Cairo were probably the hardest-hit areas by the end of the storm.” Rainfall spilled out over Route 23A in Kaaterskill. The bridge at Pennsylvania Avenue in Palenville was underwater and is expected to be closed for some time for repairs, Linger said. Bogart Road in Catskill was also closed. Route 17 in Jewett, damaged by a winter storm in 2020, sustained additional damage. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.